BMW April 2022

Thatcham Research has unveiled a new training programme called EV Ready to help the automotive aftermarket prepare for the electrification of the industry. The blended learning will be delivered remotely online and via hands-on training at Thatcham’s site.

The courses will address battery technology identification, health and safety, working voltages and equipment, vehicle design, component requirements and repair.

EV Aware e-learning modules will be available for non-technical employees, with Level 3 IMI-approved qualifications for hands-on technicians.  Thatcham Research will issue EV certification to all body shops who undertake the training, demonstrating their EV competence. Dean Lander, Thatcham Research’s head of repair sector services, said: “New EV registrations are rising sharply. Adoption will only continue to increase, so it’s imperative that businesses know how to interact with these vehicles safely and efficiently. It’s about knowing how to identify the technology, and being familiar with working voltages and equipment, vehicle design, components and repair, as well as understanding the health and safety requirements.

“Our EV Ready Training Programme provides tailored learning to all employees. The objective is to boost understanding at every stage in the customer journey and ensure that everyone who encounters an EV has the correct knowledge to do their job safely.”

He continued: “The need to become ‘EV Ready’ has never been more relevant. The benefits of preparing now for the widespread arrival of these vehicles is clear. This is an opportunity to adapt to new EV technology and develop a technically-confident workforce.

“There are many challenges to overcome before a sustainable repair ecosystem can be created. Chief among them is an urgent need to equip repair businesses with knowledge and skills, supporting an EV repair framework that meets consumer expectation and allows the benefits of the EV revolution to be realised.”

 

by Dean Landers